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Monday, June 25, 2012

It's Monday, What are You Reading? The Social Conquest of Earth

It's Monday, What are You Reading?

The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson

This is the thirty-sixth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

Book Description on Amazon:

#13 on NPR's Bestseller List (24 Jun 2012)

From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.

Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, one of our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science while “overturning the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover magazine). Refashioning the story of human evolution in a work that is certain to generate headlines, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to show that group selection, not kin selection, is the primary driving force of human evolution. He proves that history makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no sense without biology. Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, Wilson presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere. 90 illustrations

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Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Amazon and book-publishing - An update from The Nation

Amazon and book-publishing - An update from The Nation

Just read this long, authoritative article:

Posting here for anyone interested and for my own reference. Enjoy. Comments welcomed.

Happy Reading!  ;-)